A Message From Your Ice Makers
Hello from your Ice Makers!
Welcome back to the start of another great season of curling. As we like to say, “Happy New Year!”
As your Ice Makers, we hope to provide the best quality ice conditions we can on a daily basis. There is a lot of curling going on here at the Chaska Curling Center and as always, we need your help at times. Please remember to clean your sheet after a big win or practicing- use the big mop brooms in the corners of the arena. After running them up and down the ice, clean the mop thoroughly by using your hand to remove lint and debris. Sweep up the remains with the corn brooms and dust pans provided. You and your fellow curlers always appreciate stepping onto a clean sheet!
So you all know, the ice is fully prepped for the first games of the night so no need to nip, just get ready to curl. The second draw of the night (6pm Sunday, 8pm Monday and Friday and 6:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) will have the slide path pebbled only. This means the area by the hack to the back line. No need to nip here either if you play at this time, just get ready to curl!
That leaves the last draw of the night and this is only on Sunday at 8pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:45. For these draws, the entire sheet is pebbled and it is best to run the blue nippers on the far end up and back on your sheet, just overlapping the center line each way. If you have questions, please let an ice maker or the front desk staff know. Most of you have done this the last 2 years so it’s old news but if you see someone needing assistance and you are curling please help them out! Thank You!
Also, please remember your rules of etiquette. No knees left on the ice while you watch your magnificent shot travel down the ice…it melts the pebble right off in a matter of seconds! Same with your hand or any other body part. If you tumble over while delivering a rock please try to stand up asap unless you are hurt. Also, please don’t pick the rocks up off the ice! If they slip out of your hand, they will surely damage the ice. Just slide them about, anywhere they need to go.
The drink rail at the home end near the bar is for just that, your beverage of choice! Please never, ever carry your beverage out on the ice or take it to the far end. Your beverage is in the world’s largest walk in cooler and there’s no need to panic if you’re 150 feet away, it’ll stay cold and you’ll work your way back to it during your game! ??
If you are ever curious about the ice making process, when and why we flood, shave, nip pebble or any of the other fun stuff we do, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always happy to talk ice and curling. If anyone is interested in becoming as assistant ice maker please don’t hesitate to inquire about that either.
So you know we have Learn to Curl II classes for members pretty much monthly- the October 27th session from noon to 3pm has a few openings left! It’s a fun, easy going class that helps with balance, line of delivery, strategy, sweeping and team communication.
That’s it folks! Thanks for all you do here at the Chaska Curling Center, it’s been a true pleasure working for you all and watching you all improve a great deal since we opened. Keep up the good work, have fun, build friendships and enjoy!
Cheers and good curling from your ice crew.